Going Schoolwide: Title VII Comprehensive School Characteristics and Student Demographics: The Benchmark Study.
Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, Berkeley, CA; Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
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This report of the Benchmark Study, a national study of Title VII Comprehensive School Programs, provides baseline data on the first three cohorts of schools receiving Title VII Comprehensive School funds after the 1994 reauthorization of the Improving America's Schools Act (IASA). Where the earlier versions of Title VII promoted categorical programs, the new Title VII Comprehensive School Grants are intended to support schools as they implement programs to reform, restructure, and upgrade services for limited English proficient (LEP) students in the context of a schoolwide agenda for educational improvement. The report describes the contexts that characterize Title VII Comprehensive Schools during their first year of funding and shows how diverse the contexts, and schools, are. Report information was gathered through self-administered surveys of Title VII Comprehensive School grantees initially funded in 1995, 1996, and 1997. Areas measured included school demographics, instructional programs, staff characteristics, assessment practices, and parent involvement. (An appendix contains the survey instrument.) (EV)